Montana Outdoors

March 18, 2013

Slight relapse

Filed under: Birds, Spring — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:31 pm

With three days left before Spring officially arrives here we had a slight relapse. Last evening three inches of snow fell in two hours. It was wonderful!

Spring morning

Then this morning it looked like Spring again when a flock of Robins came to play in the snow.

American Robin

American Robins & pussywillows

Robins, pussywillows and snow

American Robin

American Robin ~ Turdus migratorius

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  1. Nice!

    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — March 18, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

    • It has been an unusual spring until now. This is more like it. There have been “thundersnows” in various places across the state but we haven’t had one here.

      Comment by montucky — March 18, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

  2. This happened on Vancouver Island one year. The early robins arrived and then a big snowfall came and stayed longer than they could manage to be without food. Many dead robins were lying around on the roads and people’s yards. It was really sad to see. Glad to hear it’s not bitter cold and the birds will survive. Your photos look great. This blog theme is good for showcasing your photos. Nice and big!

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — March 18, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

    • This is rather typical for March here. The ground has warmed a lot and there are plenty of worms at the surface for the Robins,even though they get a coat of snow once in awhile. This snow was gone by a little after noon and then we had another inch this evening. This flight of Robins is most likely headed further north for the summer. The ones that summer here have not yet arrived.

      Comment by montucky — March 18, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

  3. Fluffed up Robins, staying warm enough. Lots of snow though for a Happy Spring!

    Comment by Bo Mackison (@bo_mackison) — March 18, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

    • They are amazing birds, aren’t they! The early troupe lives right on the edge, but at least most of the time they know what they’re doing. I’ve seen them appear like this so many times. None around, then a whole flock arrives right along with a pretty good snowfall.

      Comment by montucky — March 18, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

  4. Oh What wonderful photos! We’ve been enjoying the robins in Prescott. I can’t help wondering if they will arrive in MT in a few weeks?

    Comment by twoscamps — March 18, 2013 @ 9:13 pm

    • Yes, I’ll bet they are on their way north for the summer. Not a bad life, come to think of it! A couple of days ago I even saw several western Bluebirds down by the river. Must have been a hatch of something down there.

      Comment by montucky — March 18, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

      • I love seeing Bluebirds in Montana. Makes me happy:)

        Comment by twoscamps — March 18, 2013 @ 10:49 pm

        • Me too. We should be hearing the red-wing blackbirds and meadowlarks soon now.

          Comment by montucky — March 18, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

          • We went for a walk today in Watson Woods and listened to a redwing blackbird what a lively sound! The cottonwoods are just starting to bloom!

            Comment by twoscamps — March 18, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

  5. Winter hanging on, and Robin standing strong!

    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — March 18, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

    • I love this part of winter. We often get good amounts of snow but in the valleys it melts right away and each time the grass reappears it is greener. The land is starting to celebrate its next growing cycle and that’s always exciting to watch.

      Comment by montucky — March 18, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

  6. Superb photos! What beautiful visitors.

    Comment by Jo Woolf — March 19, 2013 @ 1:06 am

    • They add a lot of color and cheer! It’s so good to see them!

      Comment by montucky — March 19, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

  7. Relapse is a good word for it-we’re relapsing here right now. It is so beautiful, but I’m so ready for sunshine and warmth!

    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — March 19, 2013 @ 4:20 am

    • Out low last night was 19º, unexpectedly. Looks like about a week of below normal temps again.

      Comment by montucky — March 19, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

  8. Nice bird photos! And glad you enjoy the snow! ;)

    Comment by bentehaarstad — March 19, 2013 @ 5:07 am

    • The sky cleared today and we could see the mountain tops. They had heavy snow up there!

      Comment by montucky — March 19, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

  9. Wonderful to see robins … maybe Spring will show up here eventually. We had blizzard yesterday with high winds and another 8-10 inches added to our mountains of snow. No melting of any of our winter snows, yet … minimum of 3 ft in sheltered wooded areas, drifts can be 3 times that high .. the piles of plowed and shoveled snow 8 ft …. Normal for the UP of Michigan or the mountains … not for us. This time last year, you could see the grass

    Comment by bearyweather — March 19, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    • You are really having a winter! I remember some like that here 50 years ago, but lately they have been milder. Still, we will be in the teens or 20’s at night for awhile.

      Comment by montucky — March 19, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

  10. Love seeing these birds. Other than water fowl, we have a limited variety. No robins (like this), cardinals, etc. Your captures are great!

    Comment by Debby — March 19, 2013 @ 8:17 am

    • We have a large variety of birds here in summer and many more that we see as they pass through during their migrations. These Robins have already moved on I think, but in a few weeks more will be here to spend the summer. Everyone loves to have them!

      Comment by montucky — March 19, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

  11. We’re getting another foot today. Halfway there, and I say “Bring it on!”

    Comment by jomegat — March 19, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    • I’d love to have another foot or so. The mountain tops are getting that though and that’s where we need it most.

      Comment by montucky — March 19, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

  12. Beautiful!

    Comment by Roberta — March 19, 2013 @ 10:15 am

  13. These are beautiful! Spring is still elusive here… buried in snow still… it’s okay, though, as blue skies are overhead!

    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — March 19, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    • We had a little more snow last night and traces of it remain. The trees on the mountain tops are white now with new snow and the mountain passes have plenty. The nearest ski are has had 21 inches in the last two days and now has 129 inches at the summit. The ground in the valleys is mostly bare.

      Comment by montucky — March 19, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

  14. Gorgeous mix of spring and winter!

    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — March 19, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

    • That makes this time of year exciting here!

      Comment by montucky — March 19, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

  15. very pretty; what great pictures! we broke heat records down here yesterday-one stood since 1907!

    Comment by skouba — March 19, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

    • I’ve read of those temps in the news! What a difference. We were in the teens last night and expect daytime highs in the 30’s for a few days after tomorrow.

      Comment by montucky — March 19, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

  16. Those are post-card beautiful, Terry…very nice!

    Comment by seekraz — March 19, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

    • Thanks Scott! The Robins really brighten thing up when they come through this time of year!

      Comment by montucky — March 19, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

      • You’re welcome…and those Robins certainly do brighten things up…have seen them back here, too…very happily.

        Comment by seekraz — March 19, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

  17. As Bing Crosby could have sung: “I’m dreaming of a white springtime.” And the robin, especially in that last picture, is a bonus.

    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — March 19, 2013 @ 9:35 pm

    • This snow and the feathered visitors are one of the endearing things about our spring here.

      Comment by montucky — March 19, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

  18. That last photo looks like it should belong to the Audubon Society, it’s perfect. I love robins and we just don’t have them around here. I don’t think I’ve seen a robin since I left the midwest decades ago.

    Comment by Candace — March 19, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

    • You know, I don’t remember seeing any Robins when I lived in your area either. They are certainly pleasant visitor here, and we’re lucky enough to have them raise their families around us.

      Comment by montucky — March 19, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

  19. The combination of robins, pussywillows and snow is straight out of an Iowa spring. The great joke in Iowa is the boys’ basketball tournament blizzard. Just when you think winter’s releasing its grip – it’s time for a little more patience! The last photo’s enormously attractive, partly because of the greenery, but I do love that one with the pussywillows.

    Comment by shoreacres — March 20, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    • These are typical of our spring here too. I really love this time of year! There were a few thundershowers in the area today but none close to us; we were hoping!

      Comment by montucky — March 20, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

  20. That last shot is my favorite! Just beautiful. Hello, Mr. Red Robin, so nice to see you. :-)

    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — March 20, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

    • He really struck a pose, didn’t he! They are very pretty birds and I love to hear their various songs and calls.

      Comment by montucky — March 20, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

  21. from the flowers in your last post, i’d say snow really IS a relapse! =0
    love love love the last shot, perfect capture of the robin & oh so beautiful! =)

    Comment by Anonymous — March 21, 2013 @ 9:03 am

  22. i don’t know why it’s showing me as anonymous, but that last comment & this one is from me… Tricia at Bluff Area Daily =)

    Comment by Tricia — March 21, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    • The blog systems have lots of little foibles, don’t they!

      Spring here is full of changes and strange events. I’ve come to associate the arrival of Robins with the last real snowfall of the season. They handle it with such grace.

      Comment by montucky — March 21, 2013 @ 11:12 pm

  23. Wonderful captures of the robins ! They’re beautiful and the last one is superb ! We also had snow 2 days ago, 20 cm, but it has already started to melt :)

    Comment by Inspired and pretty — March 21, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    • I really like these late season snowfalls because they quickly melt. Last night we had brief but heavy rain. Today, snow flurries.

      Comment by montucky — March 21, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

  24. Some of the best photos of transition from winter to spring that I’ve ever seen!

    Comment by WildBill — March 21, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

    • Thanks Bill. It’s always a beautiful transition, isn’t it!

      Comment by montucky — March 21, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

  25. How wonderful Robin photos! Spring seems to be “far away” from here. Cold weather and heavy winds continue. When writing this comment in the Friday morning we have -18ºC = -0.4ºF outside. Sun has power at this season and when day continues then at afternoon there will be about -3ºC = 26.6ºF. This gives hope that Spring will come someday.

    Comment by Sartenada — March 22, 2013 @ 12:38 am

    • You sure are having cold weather! For the last week we have been about 15 degrees below normals and get at least a little snow each day. The ground is white tonight although it isn’t too cold, just around freezing.

      Comment by montucky — March 22, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

  26. Love the robin bokeh! ;) I think we are supposed to get 7-12 inches again tomorrow… time will tell, but they are pretty good at these weather forecasts nowadays!

    Comment by kcjewel — March 23, 2013 @ 12:22 am

    • That’s a lot of snow this late in the season! I sure wouldn’t mind that here though. We are still getting a trace every day but the mountains are getting a lot.

      Comment by montucky — March 23, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

  27. These are beautiful! Love the one of the robins in the willow bush.

    Comment by kateri — March 23, 2013 @ 5:39 am

    • I thought that was a great setting for a spring picture. So typical of spring in this area. Or course, I’ve also seen snow in June too.

      Comment by montucky — March 23, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

      • we had another 8 inches this morning… enough! ;)

        Comment by kcjewel — March 24, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

        • I saw that! This winter everything that skipped over us landed on you!

          Comment by montucky — March 24, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

  28. Hi Montucky, I understand. Great shots of the Robins! It snowed this AM in Cumberland County, TN where I used to live. Warm and sunny here in FL. I am back to blogging on a 3 day’s a week basis (M/W/F). Have a super fine day and enjoy your snow!

    Comment by wildlifewatcher — March 25, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    • You sure will have a warmer climate. And lots of new things to see and places to go! Enjoy!

      Comment by montucky — March 25, 2013 @ 8:16 pm

  29. the robins in the snow are such a beautiful splash of colorful life ~

    Comment by Tammie — March 25, 2013 @ 11:38 pm

    • They sure do make a statement, don’t they. Very bold birds in the sense that the migrate on the fringe of the weather.

      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

  30. Great shots Terry just wish winter would loosen its grip on me and Southern Indiana !!

    Comment by Bernie Kasper — March 26, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

    • It will happen quickly. Four nights ago we had 3 inches of snow. Two nights ago it got down to 18º. This afternoon there were Crocus in full bloom.

      Comment by montucky — March 26, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

  31. Robins in the snow are a common sight here, too- they persevere!

    Comment by Watching Seasons — March 31, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    • They sure do. They like to ride right on the fine line between winter and spring.

      Comment by montucky — March 31, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

  32. I like the contrast of snow and birds, a small sign of spring to come.

    Comment by Evangeline Art Photography — March 31, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    • I worry about them some times, but they know better than I about how to live where they do.

      Comment by montucky — March 31, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

  33. Great work Terry !!

    Comment by Bernie Kasper — April 1, 2013 @ 10:36 am

  34. Wow, I especially like the last shot with the robin and the snow! Fantastic!

    Comment by Fergiemoto — April 3, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

    • There’s something exciting to me about the early robins arriving before the last snow is gone.

      Comment by montucky — April 3, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

  35. I simply love your pictures ! Those robins look so alive, they could fly out of my screen ;) Wonderful shots.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — April 9, 2013 @ 2:43 am

    • Thanks Isa! The Robins were patient and gave me time for photos.

      Comment by montucky — April 9, 2013 @ 8:47 pm


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